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Our municipal sponsor

The city of Modiin 

Special thanks to: 

Alon Schmidt of the City's Arts and Music Department for his awesome support and initiatives.

Dr. Orna Mager - the director of the Modiin Interdisciplinary Center who believed in the band and hosted us during the first 2 years in a classroom in the Center.

Osnat Wieder - for her support over the years and getting us an entry pass into municipal resources.

The JP Big Band is a group of serious amateur musicians, teachers and professionals conducted by Eli Benacot – a world-class musician, big-band conductor and film-score composer  who teaches at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and performs with Yair Dalal.

We’re a full jazz big band with 17 musicians (5 saxes, 4 rhythm section, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones).

The band was started in April 2003, by two friends - Bob Trachtenberg and Danny Lieberman who had played together in a sax quartet in Jerusalem.  By word of mouth, the band got together for it's first rehearsal in a high school in Modiin July 1, 2003.

We had no idea what we were getting into.

Probably better that way.

200+ charts, 40 wonderful original charts of Israeli standards for large jazz ensemble written by Eli Benacot and  we're still learning - and enjoying every minute.